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A students' guide to surviving Coachella



Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend One is here, and while some are already on their way to the land of musical euphoria, for those of us going to weekend two or who are already dreaming about next year, here is the ultimate guide to surviving Coachella.

1. What to wear:

Coachella has been going on for 15 years now, and fashion has changed quite a bit since the inaugural event. The festival draws people from all walks of life, so it is no surprise that the outfit choices are quite eccentric. With it being a festival hosting an array of music genres, anything really goes (except drug paraphernalia). One day at Coachella will open the door to millions of outfit opportunities that never even crossed your mind.

One of the most common accessories are floral headbands, which instantly give the impression of a fun and relaxed environment.

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Courtesy of Alexandra Giroux / The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins Friday. Artists in the line-up for the weekend include Ellie Goulding and Cage The Elephant.

Floral headbands have become a staple for music festivals and yet most girls can also rock them throughout the year. These youthful bands can be found at boutiques such as Grand Central Clothing, Collette, Swindlers and Urban Outfitters.

2. Who to see:

The lineup for this year packs big names, but how do you fit all of your favorites into one weekend? There is a Coachella 2014 Official app that you can download that allows you to create your own schedule and shows set times for all the artists so you can be in the know at all times.

This year’s stages will be hosting names that will cause even your parents to jump for joy. The infamous duo known as OutKast will be performing for the first time in 12 years. Andre 3000 and Big Boi are “rap royalty,” as coined by Rolling Stone, and are a must-see for all festival-goers because they are sure to bring a show that will leave everyone wanting more.

The U.K. is bringing some fire to the stage as well with its Lawrence brother duo, Disclosure. Coming in hot with their first album, Settle, the brothers have easily worked their way into the hearts of many through their hits like “Latch” and “You & Me.” Who could forget their feature with Mary J. Blige on the song “F For You”; the garage bounce vibes mesh perfectly with Blige’s soul to create a song that is contagious.

3. What to expect:

Coachella runs from Friday at 11 a.m. until Sunday at about 12:30 a.m., and will have numerous artists, carnival rides and boutiques to take in. It is a lot to cram into one weekend, but an open mind is the key to having the best possible Coachella experience.


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